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Just Jazz - Funky pieces for Organ

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Funky music, expertly arranged for Organ by Richard Lloyd.
Funky music, expertly arranged for Organ by Richard Lloyd. Contains 23 pieces in a wide variety of exciting, moderns styles from blues to ballads, reggae to ragtime. Especially useful for young people's and all-age services.
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Product Code1400506
NameJust Jazz - Funky pieces for Organ
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorHeather Hammond
Short DescriptionFunky music, expertly arranged for Organ by Richard Lloyd.
Pack Size1
Size210mm x 297mm
Count63 Pages
Date Published18 Feb 2011
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Much to enjoy in these short character pieces Review by Stephen Farr
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The post-beginner stages of learning the organ can often seem a bit of a wilderness as far as entertaining and engaging repertoire goes. Once past the excitement of left hand and pedal together, both students and teachers can find the staple fare of the Grade 5-6 organ repertoire worthy but dull, a sort of musical lowland before the heights of noisy French toccatas and flashy pedal solos. The Microjazz series has long been a hugely popular resource for pianists (who, in any case, have a lot more worthwhile repertoire to choose from at all levels of attainment). Now organists have something comparable in Just Jazz, two volumes of music by Heather Hammond which have been neatly arranged for organ by Richard Lloyd. It may be optimistic to claim, as the blurb does, that these pieces are suitable for liturgical use, but students around Grade 5 standard who are developing a good rhythmic sense and already have some degree of left hand and pedal independence will find much to enjoy in these short character pieces. Moods are varied and the works are imaginatively titled, but there is a possible danger that the familiar nature of the jazz tropes could wear a bit thin if consumed in large doses – too much swing can be exhausting. Best consumed as an occasional treat rather than a staple, perhaps. All the pieces can be played on modest two-manual instruments, the demands of organ management are not all that testing, and registration indications are sane and sensible. (Posted on 10/09/2012)

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Heather Hammond is a prolific and immensely popular composer whose work is published by Kevin Mayhew. She studied piano and clarinet at Leeds College of Music. Postgraduate studies followed in Education at Bretton Hall College, Wakefield and Music Technology at York University.

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Bluesy blue
Bright as a button
Changing times
Cincinnati cha cha cha
Distant planet
Dixieland dandy
Heaps of trouble
In the stars
Juan’s tango
Just messin’ around
Long road home
Moonlit beguine
On the swing
One for the duke
Rosie’s rag
Roundabout rag
Scottish sunset
Somewhere in your dreams
Somewhere so blue
Star of the show
The railroad blues
Too funky!
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